The Italian Research Seminar, jointly organized by the Devers Program in Dante Studies and by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, aims to provide a regular forum for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and colleagues from other universities to present and discuss their current research. The Seminar is vigorously interdisciplinary, and embraces all areas of Italian history, language, and culture (from literature to film, from art history to music, and from anthropology to architecture), as well as perceptions of Italy, its achievements and its peoples in other national and international cultures. The Seminar constitutes an important element in the effort by Notre Dame's community of Italianists to promote the study of Italy and to serve as a strategic point of contact for all Italianists.
In the 2012-13 academic year, Italian Research Seminars will be led by Christian Moevs, Simone Marchesi, Steven Semes, Denis Robichaud, Bernd Goehring, Martin McLaughlin, Anne Leone, Amanda Weppler, and Damiano Benvegnu.
In 2011-12, the inaugural year of the Italian Research Seminars, speakers included Theodore J. Cachey, Francesco Ciabattoni, Beatrice Priest and Emily Gandolfi, Pierpaolo Polzonetti, Charles Leavitt and Sara Troyani, and Robert Gordon.
We invite you to see our calendar for information on our upcoming events.
The University of Notre Dame is host each year to a number of lectures, seminars, and conferences featuring some of the most distinguished Italianists working in the field today.
In the 2010-11 academic year, Italian Studies at Notre Dame hosted more than a dozen events with leading Italianists including Zygmunt Baranski, Piero Boitani, Marina Calloni, Alison Cornish, Roberto Dainotto, Claire Honess, Robin Kirkpatrick, and David Lummus.
In 2010, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Rome study program, the School of Architecture hosted a two-day conference with speakers including Ingrid Rowland, Samir Younés, Ted Cachey, Joseph Buttigieg, Randy Coleman, Robin Rhodes and Sabine MacCormack, among others.
In 2009, the trans-disciplinary Why Italy? symposium brought together distinguished scholars from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in order to showcase the importance and prominence of Italian Studies at Notre Dame and within the humanities at large.